Most Americans believe Jackson coverage excessive

Written by AFP | Washington | Updated: Jul 3 2009, 05:56am hrs
Nearly two out of three Americans believe the media gave too much coverage to the death of Michael Jackson and just three per cent think it was too little, according to a survey.

Twenty-nine per cent of the 1,000 people polled June 26-29 for the survey published on Wednesday by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press said they believe the coverage of Jacksons sudden death on Thursday was the right amount.

Sixty-four per cent said it was too much. Thirty per cent of those polled said they followed the coverage of Jacksons death very closely while 28% said they followed it fairly closely.

Twenty-three per cent said they followed it not too closely and 19% said they followed it not at all closely.

Thirty-one per cent said they followed the Jackson story more closely than any other during the week.

Pew said African-Americans followed the death of Jackson more closely than the population as a whole with eight in 10 blacks saying they followed the news of his death very closely compared with 22% of whites. Seven in 10 whites said there had been too much coverage compared with 36 per cent of blacks.

Thirty-eight per cent of those under the age of 40 said they followed his death very closely compared with 27% of those between 40 and 64 and 20% of those 65 and older.